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Twelfth Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

17 & 19-23 October 2009 | UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Headquarters, Rome, Italy
 

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Highlights for Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Delegates to the twelfth regular session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA-12) continued to discuss issues relating to the multi-year programme of work (MYPOW), including on plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA), and specifically relating to: the state of the world’s PGRFA; progress since CGRFA-11; and future work, including on policies and arrangements for enhancing utilization of PGRFA, and on underutilized crops and wild relatives. In the afternoon, delegates discussed animal genetic resources for food and agriculture (AnGRFA)in relation to the follow-up to the Interlaken Conference, which includes the implementation and financing of the Global Plan of Action for animal genetic resources, and future work. They also met for an evening session to discuss proposed text on policies and arrangements for ABS for GRFA.

Chair Javad Mozafari Hashjin (Iran) consulting with Dan Leskien, CGRFA Secretariat.
 
Modibo Tiémoko Traoré, Assistant Director-General, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, FAO, emphasized the importance of protecting and diversifying PGRFA, and all GRFA, to ensure sustainable agriculture production and help cope with the effects of climate change.
 
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Vice-Chair Brad Fraleigh (Canada) introduced the report of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Plant Genetic Resources (ITWG-PG4) and the document detailing follow-up to recommendations on PGRFA.

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Elcio Guimarâes, FAO, introduced the Second Report on the State of the World's PGRFA (SOW-2), stressing that FAO has produced an authoritative assessment of the sector.
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Chair Mozafari congratulated the FAO on its work, saying it would pave the way for better use of PGRFA.
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L-R: The mornng dais with Shivaji Pandey, FAO; Modibo Tiémoko Traoré, Assistant Director-General, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, FAO; Chair Mozafari; Dan Leskien, CGRFA Secretariat; Kakoli Ghosh and Elcio Guimarâes, FAO
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Brazil noted that current gene bank standards date from the 1980s and need updating.

Pedro Andrade, Brazil
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The US supported the update of the GPA based on the SOW-2 and the participation of the ITPGR Secretariat in this work.

Peter Bretting, US

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The CONSULTATIVE GROUP ON INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH (CGIAR) highlighted that the CGRFA should contribute to the development of a world programme on agriculture in cooperation with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

Emile Frison, Director General, Bioversity International
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Modesto Fernández (Cuba) in conversation with Marie-Annick Moreau, ENB.
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The Republic of Korea called for more work on breed identification and embryonic transfer methods for ex situ conservation.

Chang Yeon Cho, the Republic of Korea
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François Pythoud (Switzerland), Vice-Chair of the fifth session of the ITWG-AG, presented the report of the meeting.
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Irene Hoffmann, CGRFA, introduced documents on inter alia: the follow-up to the International Technical Conference on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, the report of ITWG-AG5, and the Funding Strategy for the Implementation of the GPA.
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L-R: Lamis Chalak, Lebanon and Fadila Al-Salameen, Kuwait
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L-R: Jose "Pepe" Esquinas, Spain in a discussion with Linda Colette, FAO
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Participants from Africa with the city of Rome in the background.
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Joel Rudinas, Philippines Mohammed Ali Kamali Sarvestani, Iran Luseane Taufa, Tonga Hadyatou Dantsey-Barry, Togo  
 
 
 
Related Links
FAO Resources
CRGFA-12 website
CRGFA-12 programme
Programme of the Special Information Seminar
Side Events

IISD RS resources

IISD RS coverage of Third Session of the Governing Body (GB 3) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), 1-5 June 2009, Tunis, Tunisia
IISD RS coverage of ITPGR GB-2, 29 October - 2 November 2007, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
IISD RS coverage of First International Technical Conference on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, 3-7 September 2007, Interlaken, Switzerland
IISD RS summary and analysis of CGRFA-11, 11-15 June 2007, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy (HTML - PDF)
IISD RS summary report of the Special Event on “Emerging Issues in the Management of Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture: Towards a Multi-Year Programme of Work,” 9 June 2007, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy (HTML - PDF)
IISD RS archive of CGRFA and ITPGR meetings
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